Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 1/26 -- Clay Matthews, LB, 6-3, 245, Southern California...As tickled as Ted Thompson was to have Raji slide to the Packers early in Round 1, the general manager eagerly wanted Matthews to fill another missing piece in the new defensive scheme. Hence, Thompson mortgaged the rest of Green Bay's first half of the draft -- a second-round pick (No. 41) and two third-round choices (Nos. 73 and 83) -- to go up to get the all-around playmaker that is Matthews. More than having strong NFL bloodlines, Matthews is a ready-made starter at right outside linebacker with his combination of tenacious run defense, unbridled pass rush off the edge and improving coverage skills. - by The Sports Xchange
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03/03/17 - LB Clay Matthews will not need surgery on his injured shoulder this offseason, according to Packers coach Mike McCarthy. The six-time Pro Bowler suffered a separated AC joint in his left shoulder after taking what he called a cheap shot from Eagles guard Allen Barbre in Week 12 on Nov. 28. The 30-yer-old Matthews, who missed four games earlier in the season because of a hamstring injury, recorded a career-low five sacks and 24 tackles in 12 games last season.
12/22/16 - OLB Clay Matthews feels he's close to having full use of his separated left shoulder in game action. The defensive standout has been relegated to a situational role the last two games because of the injury. Matthews expects to play more when the Packers play Minnesota on Saturday. "I think this week will be a step in the right direction. I really do feel good about this week," Matthews said Thursday, a day after he had full work in practice. "Every other week, it's been just about keeping (the shoulder) from reinjuring it and being smart, but I feel like this week with where I'm at mentally … should be a week where I can hopefully do the things that I'm accustomed to doing."
12/21/16 - OLB Clay Matthews went through the full practice Wednesday. Matthews continues to play with a separated left shoulder and should be fine for the Christmas Eve game against Minnesota on Saturday. Matthews, though, has contributed in just a situational role the last two games.
12/15/16 - LB Clay Matthews had limited work in practice Thursday, a day after being a full participant. Matthews plans to keep playing with a separated left shoulder, as he has the last two-plus games in a reduced role. "It's getting better each and every day, each and every week, we do a little bit more," Matthews said Thursday. "We'll see what that means moving forward. I anticipate continuing to come in on the pass-rushing downs and hopefully spelling some of the guys a little bit more." Matthews won't know whether surgery will be needed on the shoulder until he sees a specialist after the season.
12/14/16 - LB Clay Matthews appears to be progressing well as he gets ready to play Sunday at Chicago. The defensive standout has played with a separated left shoulder the last two-plus games. He was limited to 24 snaps as a situational contributor in the rout of the Seahawks last Sunday. Matthews, however, was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday. "I think Clay's probably going to be better this week than he was last week," coach Mike McCarthy said.